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A Tale of Dave Hansen
2005-05-05 08:50
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Dave Hansen's signing with Seattle this week earned agate-level recognition in most places.

The best way I can think of to describe the piece Matt Welch has generously written for Baseball Analysts on the former Dodger pinch-hitting great is that it is the 1/agate version:

But most of all I'm thrilled because I know Hansen to be a genuinely good, generous, and humble guy who deserves success more than most ballplayers you'll ever meet. I know this because I played with him growing up. And not just on the diamond, but in a rock band. In fact, he announced his signing with the Dodgers (who drafted him with the 47th pick in 1986) on stage, at the St. Maria Goretti carnival, where our cover band, The Ladds, was playing the second of two triumphant shows. It was definitely one of the best days in either of our lives up to that point. And it was one of the last times I ever talked to him.

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2005-05-05 10:38:18
1.   bigcpa
When I was a PA working Dodger games in 1992 I watched Hansen taking fungoes in an empty stadium. Between grounders he played air guitar and sang "Jeremy spoke in... class today." Now it all makes sense.
2005-05-05 11:00:00
2.   Eric Enders
Funny, the one time I saw Hansen play guitar he was playing Pearl Jam too.
2005-05-05 12:27:34
3.   JT Dutch
... Dave Hansen was definitely my favorite Dodger for the years he was here. He was a fine hitter and a true underdog. I miss him.
2005-05-05 12:31:18
4.   Icaros
I saw Hansen with his family at Disneyland this past November.
2005-05-05 12:58:39
5.   Icaros
Strike that. This past January, not November.
2005-05-05 13:14:17
6.   GoBears
"The Ladds?" Isn't that what the ESPN (or was it Bay Area sports folks?) are calling the Dodgers these days - the LADs? Only one "d" but, still, funny. Did Hansen know ahead of time where he'd have his best career years?

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